TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Might Marty McFly Have Gotten "Back to the Future"?

October 19, 2010 ( - Odds are that if you have seen a Delorean car, you’ve seen it in the 1985 film “Back to the Future”, where it played a key role as the time machine that took them – well, back to the past.

However, that was not the original notion of what that film’s time machine would be.  Do you know what it was?

Answer:  A refrigerator.

More precisely, in the first draft of the screenplay the time machine was a laser device housed in a room, and subsequently attached to a refrigerator. Director Robert Zemeckis chose to scrap the idea because he feared that children might start climbing into refrigerators and getting trapped inside.  

The Delorean entered the script in its third draft, chosen because its gull-wing doors would give it the look of an alien spacecraft, which it would be assumed to be in the year 1955.